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House Leaders Seek Probe of Nursing OJT

MANILA, Philippines—House leaders on Saturday called for an investigation into the pernicious practice of levying fees on registered nurses seeking on-the-job training with hospitals and medical institutions.

According to House Assistant Majority Leader Karlo Alexei Nograles

Why should nurses be treated this way? This is an immoral and unacceptable practice, if indeed this is true

Nograles said that while Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz has stated that the practice does not violate any labor laws, it is against declared public policy, public morals and the Civil Code.

He noted that on-the-job trainees (OJTs) in other fields or professions do not pay the company or employers for the experience and are even given food and financial assistance.

Hospitals and medical institutions should be giving these nurses stipends for rendering service and not the other way around, he said.

He said he supported the initiative of Health Secretary Enrique Ona to immediately investigate this practice.

The cardinal principle in law is that no person can take undue advantage of another, Nograles said.e of nursing OJT

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